It is of two types. [45] [127]:153 Domestic cats are a major predator of wildlife in the United States, killing an estimated 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals annually. Adult domestic cats typically weigh between 4 and 5 kg (9 and 11 lb). [148] Owing to the risks posed by cats eating string, it is sometimes replaced with a laser pointer's dot, which cats may chase. Genetic diversity of these breeds varies between regions, and is lowest in purebred populations, which show more than 20 deleterious genetic disorders. [66] Cats can voluntarily extend their claws on one or more paws. [44] Scientists therefore assume that African wildcats were attracted to early human settlements in the Fertile Crescent by rodents, in particular the house mouse (Mus musculus), and were tamed by Neolithic farmers. [83] About 70–80% of cats are affected by nepetalactone. Since there is no evidence of native mammalian fauna on Cyprus, the inhabitants of this Neolithic village most likely brought the cat and other wild mammals to the island from the Middle Eastern mainland. But no one cared to throw even a small piece of food towards me. Results of phylogenetic research confirm that the wild Felis species evolved through sympatric or parapatric speciation, whereas the domestic cat evolved through artificial selection. They fight over her, and the victor wins the right to mate. In Ovid's Metamorphoses, when the deities flee to Egypt and take animal forms, the goddess Diana turns into a cat. But this food must be pure, clean and fresh. [178] It is essential for health and life. They are usually ready to mate between early February and August. [151], After mating, the female cleans her vulva thoroughly. [24][25], A male cat is called a tom or tomcat[26] (or a gib,[27] if neutered). [179] They always take care of me. [75] It can detect an extremely broad range of frequencies ranging from 55 Hz to 79,000 Hz. [116] Sexually active males are usually involved in many fights during their lives, and often have decidedly battered faces with obvious scars and cuts to their ears and nose. Some cat breeds are prone to having extra digits (“polydactyly”). The leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) was tamed independently in China around 5500 BC. Description Of Place Related Compositions, Educational Institution Related paragraphs, Newspaper Publication Related Application, A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed-Paragraph. [111] Female cats also fight over territory or to defend their kittens. [109] The cat's tongue has backwards-facing spines about 500 μm long, which are called papillae. It walks on the toes, with the bones of the feet making up the lower part of the visible leg. [6], The cat is similar in anatomy to the other felid species: it has a strong flexible body, quick reflexes, sharp teeth and retractable claws adapted to killing small prey. As it is little altered from the wildcat, it can readily interbreed with the wildcat. The book was sweet memories of Balanchine as autobiography of a cat,Mourka. [52], Development of cat breeds started in the mid 19th century. Most adult cats are lactose intolerant; the sugar in milk is not easily digested and may cause soft stools or diarrhea. [221], Many cultures have negative superstitions about cats. [205][206] Both pedigreed and non-purebred companion ("moggy") cats are admissible, although the rules differ from organization to organization. My Parents is ideal parents. The frequency and size of meals varies between individuals. [132], Another poorly understood element of cat hunting behavior is the presentation of prey to human guardians. 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[43], The earliest known indication for the taming of an African wildcat (F. lybica) was excavated close by a human Neolithic grave in Shillourokambos, southern Cyprus, dating to about 7500-7200 BC. It is also written that neither cats nor foxes are represented in the water, while every other animal has an incarnation species in the water. [51] Hybridisation between domestic and other Felinae species is also possible. During the Roman Empire they were introduced to Corsica and Sardinia before the beginning of the 1st millennium. [23], The English puss, extended as pussy and pussycat, is attested from the 16th century and may have been introduced from Dutch poes or from Low German puuskatte, related to Swedish kattepus, or Norwegian pus, pusekatt. [145], Cats also tend to play with toys more when they are hungry. Walter Chandoha made his career photographing cats after his 1949 images of Loco, an especially charming stray taken in, were published around the world.